Letty Lara is Miss San Pedro 2005/2006!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 36            September 8, 2005

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After waiting for what seemed an eternity to the five lovely young ladies competing, cheers echoed throughout the old football field last Saturday evening, as Miss Norma Leticia Lara won the Miss San Pedro 2005-2006 title. A large number of people gathered to witness this glamorous pageant held to choose San Pedro's newest beauty ambassador.

    This year's pageant was filled with grace, poise and glamour, but it was also a night filled with celebration - a celebration of Belizean Culture. In all its glory and beauty, pageant coordinators celebrated the Carib, Garifuna, Mestizo and Maya ethnicities.

    The show kicked off with a bang, as Barbara's Dance Group took to the stage for a wonderful opening act. Masters of ceremonies for the grand event were The San Pedro Sun's Kainie Manuel and Reef Radio's Luis Romero. They opened the night by welcoming everyone to what would be a spectacular night of beauty, dance, music and traditions. They stressed on the fact that Belize now possesses an unmatched degree of diversity and as such should be celebrated and honored.

    Rejoicing in the "melting pot" of ethnicities that has become Belize, the five beauties were introduced to the large crowd, to the exuberant sounds of the undisputed grandfather of "Brukdown" Mr. Peters and his boom and chime Band. Amarilis Peņa (Ramon's Village); Karina Rejon (Fido's Restaurant and Bar); Norma Leticia Lara (Victoria House); Chantel Castillo (Castillo's Hardware); and Ines Reyes (Jaguar's Temple Night Club) all graced the stage with their opening introductions in their casual wear.

    "Belize has become a paradise to a new generation of immigrants - the Caribs and Garifuna who brought with them their food and dance," explained the emcee's as they introduced the five ladies along with reigning queen Roxanna Bradley for their group dance. With their graceful moves to the rhythm of the Garifuna drums, the six beauties moved to the internationally known Punta.

    The gathering was delighted throughout the night by performances by Barbara's Dance Group, as well as the ever-popular and always energetic San Pedro Dance Company. Celebrating in the Mestizo traditions, the five seņoritas charmed their fans in the second round of competition - the swimsuit category. All five ladies dazzled in orange full length swimsuits, and carried colorful Mexican shawls draped beautifully on their left arms.

    Fresh out of the recording studio, DNA performed a song of their new production which will hit stores in December. They energized those assembled with their great musical styling and suave moves.

    The last part of the pageant was the evening gown competition. Attired in spectacular gowns of their own choosing, the five gorgeous Mayan Princesses were stunning as they walked down the stage. Emcees Kainie and Luis then chit-chatted with each of the girls prior to the question and answer session. Each charming contestant was given the opportunity to pick one out of the five cards containing the questions that Kainie had on her hand. Luis gave each beauty her question to which all answered quite eloquently.

    After Miss San Pedro 2004-2005 Roxana Bradley's farewell, it was time to announce who would be "La Isla Bonita's" queen. First runner up for the special occasion was Karina Rejon, while Chantel Castillo was chosen as Miss Amity. Apart from winning the coveted crown of Miss San Pedro, Norma Leticia Lara also won the title of Miss Photogenic.

    The difficult task of choosing one of the gorgeous ladies as San Pedro's newest beauty ambassador went to the five judges: Alma Gabourel, Florita Ancona Frisinger, Charlene Woods, Ron Sniffin, and Rod Ralston. Tabulators for the night were George Jones and Raquel Ramirez.

    The night came to an end with the energetic beats and sounds of the Super Furia Band.

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